Squamous Cell Carcinoma

What Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It arises from the plate-like cell layer in the epidermis and is due to extensive sun exposure. The majority occur in fair-skinned and elderly people. Squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize if it is not treated.

Squamous cell carcinoma is typically is found on areas often exposed to the sun, such as the scalp, face and neck; however, it can also develop on other parts of the body including the mucous membranes and genitalia.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Although generally more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma (in rare cases it may spread to other parts of the body), squamous cell carcinoma cancer is highly treatable and often curable.